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Hello!

I'm Dr Vikki Houlden, a Lecturer in Urban Data Science at the University of Leeds, member of the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP) research cluster. I also work with Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) and am a Visiting Researcher at Newcastle University.

My research aims to understand the ways in which spaces and places embody inequalities, and the social structures influencing how people relate to their environment- I am particularly interested in how urban landscapes impact health and wellbeing. 

I approach urban challenges, such as greenspace, mental health and social peripheralisation, through geospatial methods and theory which draws on my interdisciplinary background in urban science, data analytics, engineering and geography.


As well as quantitative spatio-temporal analysis, I work with community groups, practitioners and local government, to understand and improve individual experiences of the built environment.